The United States of America is bidding to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup along with Canada and Mexico. Amidst all the Trump drama, FIFA has asked something the US might not give so easily. Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has demanded the federal government to issue visa-free travel and work permit and tax exemption if they want to win the bid.
If US wants its bid to be accepted, it has simply agree to the demands put forth by the soccer governing body. Morocco is a strong contender against the three nation team. Morocco has said that if it wins the bid, it will built a 48 team field, a first in the world. The soccer governing body wants non-discriminatory visa procedures or a completely visa-free environment and work permit exemptions to anyone involved with the FIFA World Cup. It has demanded tax exemptions for officials involved with World Cup 2026.
This isn’t the first time that FIFA has asked for these demands. If US wants to make a successful bid, it means the Trump administration has to obey all the demands. Sunil Gulati, chairman of the joint U.S, Mexican and Canadian “United Bid Committee,” said that Trump will support the demands because he wants the World Cup in the US. It had last hosted a FIFA World Cup match back in 1994, which was also the finals.
Selection process highly criticized
Winning the FIFA World Cup bid a huge thing to any nation. When the new criteria was announced, it received a lot of criticism. Russia won the bid for holding the FIFA World Cup 2018 and Qatar won the bid for 2022.
Another major issue is Trump talking about a complete Muslim ban. There are muslim countries participating in the world cup, so that means they don’t get to play?